from Sunday Forum, September 12, 2021   
presented by Amandus Derr, Interim Senior Pastor 


  1. Early Church
  2. By the time 1 Timothy 3:1-13 was written, (late first to mid-Second Century CE) an order of Bishops, Elders (Pastors), and Deacons seem to have already existed in most of the early church.
  3. Concerning the office of bishop (episkopos,meaning “overseer”), the author speaks of qualities of those seeking that office, but does not actually outline the responsibilities of the office. It includes some kind of administrative leadership since the person is supposed to be able to manage his own household as a prerequisite for his work in the church.
  4. There is more specificity for the duties of the presbyter (presbyteros,meaning “elder”). Presbyters have leadership functions of some kind, since at least some of them should be honored because they “rule well,” and some of them teach. There is a “council of elders” or presbytery (presbyterion, which the NRSV translates as “council of elders”) to which the elders belong and is responsible for ordinations (4:14). Whether the bishop belongs to the presbytery is not clear.
  5. The office of deacon (diakonos,“minister” or “servant”) appears to be assumed and may have to do primarily with social ministry, but the duties are not elaborated.

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Worship This Weekend

6:00 p.m.  Contemplative Worship

8:30 a.m.    Brief Order of Holy Communion
11:00 a.m.  Holy Communion
Bulletin    Sermon

This Sunday we celebrate Holy Cross Day. God speaks to us through Moses (Numbers 21:4b-9); Paul (1 Corinthians 1:18-24); and we eavesdrop on Jesus’ late-night conversation with Nicodemus (John 3:13-17) Christ counsels us to lift our eyes, which is through Christ’s cross. Pastor Derr presides and preaches at our 8:30 a.m. brief order of holy communion and at our 11:00 a.m. liturgy of holy communion with remembrance of all victims of terror and milestone blessing of Bibles for our third graders.

You may also participate in livestream worship via Facebook or YouTube. Log on at 11 a.m. or access the archived service anytime after.

Masks are required at all times indoors at Christ the King Church to protect the most vulnerable among us. As you consider in-person worship, please assess your personal situation regarding vulnerability to COVID-19, including pre-existing conditions and the vaccination status of yourself and your household.

Health and Safety Protocol at Christ the King Church
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Sermon for Sunday, September 12, 2021

September 12, 2021

Amandus J. Derr
Interim Senior Pastor

Numbers 21:4b-9; Psalm 98:1-4; 1 Corinthians 1:18-24; Saint John 3:13-17
In nomine Jesu!

I’ve needed eyeglasses for 65 years. My parents discovered this when I was in second grade; and so it began. Now, I can’t see a thing without them, and I always put them on, even when it’s too dark to see.  I need a vision check annually and, each time I get new lenses, I’m surprised by how clearly and distinctly I can see. Continue reading

Ordination and Installation: Pastor for Community Ministries

September 19 at 5:00 p.m.

By the grace of God and the call of Christ’s church, Sergio Edson Rodriguez will be ordained into the ministry of word and sacrament through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on September 19 at 5:00 p.m. The ordination and installation Mass will be at Christ the King Church. Bishop Michael Rinehart of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod will preside. Rev. Dr. Javier Alanis, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, San Juan, Texas, former Director of the Seminary of the Southwest, will preach. Mask and COVID-19 safety protocols will be observed.

Sermon for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 5, 2021

Sergio Rodriguez
Pastor for Community Ministry

“But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.””- Mark 7:27

Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. 

The Syrophoenician woman never gave up on God’s healing mercy for her daughter. Jesus initially dismissed her pleas as incongruent with the plan of salvation. Nevertheless, the woman believed God’s goodness triumphs even when hidden from sight. For faith beholds grace behind faithless findings. What compelled the Syrophoenician woman to insist that Jesus heal her daughter even after he slandered her dignity? If we consider Jesus to be the Son that God gave up out of love that we may be saved, how then do we receive Jesus’ words when he tells this desperate mother, “it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs?” In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus’ initial slanderous dismissal gives way to Jesus commending the faith of the women. In our Gospel today, the woman claps back to Jesus insisting that he cast the unclean spirit out of her daughter. “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” She transforms the insult into a moment for grace. She persists, nevertheless, with a sense of dignity and filled with faith. Continue reading